Emacs chat intro

It turns out to be lots of fun to talk to other people about Emacs. You pick up all sorts of tips and interesting ideas that way.

One of the reasons why I do these chats is to help people get a sense of other people using Emacs. Now that I know John Wiegley sounds like when he’s excitedly talking about Emacs, it’s so much more fun reading his code. =) I’d love it if you told me a little bit about your story. Sharing how you got started with Emacs (what helped, what needs work) might give us ideas on how to make it easier for people to start. What was your “aha!” moment? What are the things you love, and what would you like to see improved? Walk me through your config, highlighting any quirky things you’ve done to make Emacs fit the way you work.

In addition to your story, you probably have lots of little tips that could save people time or make their Emacs lives better. No time to blog or screencast? Show us your favourite tricks in a chat, and I’ll take care of putting it up on the Net. It’s a quick way to get things out of your brain and onto the Internet. =)

If you have Emacs configuration or Lisp questions, ask away. I might be able to help, or someone listening might know the answer. We can spend some time digging into code or bouncing around ideas. I’m happy to help for free. If you come away with something incredibly useful, you can buy me a virtual mug of hot chocolate through PayPal or make a donation towards an awesome Emacs thing like EmacsWiki.org. =) It’s all cool.

I’d love to record and share our conversation so that more people can learn from it. If there are parts that you’d like blurred or not have recorded, or if you prefer to not have the conversation recorded at all, please tell me and I’ll be happy to accommodate that.

Want to talk about Emacs? Get in touch with me at [email protected]!

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  • jvk

    I discovered your blog because of the interview you did with John Cook, which was very interesting. In the meantime I’ve listened to quite a few of the other interviews, and I really enjoy the mixture of social elements with hardcore geekery. It really makes the whole environment a lot more friendly and enjoyable.

    That said, I do have an Emacs question: a while ago you mentioned using Evernote in addition to org-mode. To me, that was a bit surprising since I discovered org-mode precisely when I decided to move away from Evernote. Could you describe your setup a little bit? What made you stick with Evernote and how do you incorporate it into your workflow? Thanks!

    • The Evernote integration for Emacs currently doesn’t work because Evernote now requires a different kind of information. I use the Evernote desktop app, mobile app, and web interface to search/organize drawings and web snippets. I’ve also used it to start organizing blog posts, but I like Org for organizing blog post snippets more. I’m looking forward to having better integration again someday!

  • vicco

    great offer! although I lack programming training to take full advantage of emacs, I currently enjoy ESS and org-mode as an end-user.

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  • It’s a pretty old post, but here are my first moments: http://gergely.polonkai.eu/2016/11/03/how-i-started-with-emacs/

    • Thanks for sharing! Isn’t it awesome that things like nyan-macs exist? =D